In the article, “Bringing Social Media to the Writing Classroom: Classroom Salon,” by Kaufer, the author talks about the use of a new technology, known as the IText technology, which bears the name, ‘Classroom Salon. Its main purpose is to integrate some social media benefits, such as expressing a community’s identity to classroom writing. The technology offers features similar to facebook where students have a chance of creating their own network where they can share information. The article centers on the use of the social media such as blogs where teachers can interact with students, instead of the traditional classroom writing. The authors cites that as the social media use in this way grows at a rapid pace, it is at the expense of traditional classroom writing (Kaufer, Gunawardena, Tan and Cheek 301).

The article is meant for people who are already aware of the topic. The technical terms are not explained, since the article is meant for people who are already aware of the technology. The article further uses long sentences with technical terms that are not understood by people without the knowledge of the technology. The vocabulary used is very technical, explaining how the technology can be integrated into the classroom writing. The authors assume the reader is aware of the technology even at the start where they talk about the technology being used several years ago. The verb tense is in present continuous, where the authors talk about training, writing, as well as other important verbs within the sentences.

Despite the article being technical with long sentences, I found it helpful considering it was talking about using the technology in question in classroom writing. The article does not give a detailed meaning of the technology, which makes a person who is not aware of it, intrigued, wondering what it is, and further making it harder. However, considering the article has tried to explain in detail its use in the classroom according to its title, I find it quite helpful.

Question 5

The author of ‘Take on the Street,’ Arthur Levitt, uses several styles of writing to make his article easy to understand. The article talks about a cash flow statement, one of the financial statements in a business. The article intends to inform people who may not know what a cash flow statement is, since it is more concerned with defining it, as well as defining and explaining its contents in details. He also takes time to explain each technical phrase used, meaning it is for people who may not know about a cash flow. For instance, when he mentions the phrase ‘cash from operating activities,’ he first introduces what is included in this part (Arthur 82). The phrase itself is not quite technical; however, a person who does not know anything about accounting might remain in the dark without such an explanation.

The author uses very simple words to explain the meaning of a cash flow, there are no technical terms used that are too hard for anybody to understand. In addition, he engages the reader through a one-way conversation as though he were telling it directly to a person in front of him. This draws the attention of the reader as if one is listening to a teacher giving a lecture. His paragraphs are well developed, starting with a broad statement then going into details concerning the subject in the paragraph. For instance, in the first paragraph, he says that one has to understand what a cash flow is in order to quality of the earnings in a company. He further goes ahead to explain what a cash flow is, and compares with other statements. Towards the end, he is more specific and into deeper detail. The following paragraph digs deeper by talking about its parts. The sentence length does not go too far to explain many ideas, but they are complete in explaining each idea, and drawing to the next.


Work cited

Kaufer David, Ananda Gunawardena, Aaron Tan and Alexander Cheek. “Bringing Social Media to the Writing Classroom: Classroom Salon.” Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 25.3 (2011): 299-321.

Levitt, Arthur. Take on the Street. New York, NY: Pantheon Books, 2002.

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